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In Memory

Dear Kidney Kars,

I’d like to make this donation in honor of my father who recently passed away because of kidney failure.  This was his car.   Of course the car is now 15 years old, and not much to look at, but it still runs.  It was the first car he ever bought brand new and he loved it so much.  Seeing his car still sitting in the driveway makes us all sad.  But donating it to the Kidney Foundation of Utah feels like the right thing to do.  Thank you for taking this car and using it to helping other kidney patients like my Dad.

 –Joe M. from Draper Utah

Pick a Real Utah Charity for your Car Donation

Be sure to do your homework when donating your car to charity here in Utah.  There are some organizations with look-a-like names (for example: kars4kids instead of Kidney Kars, or Kidney Fund instead of National Kidney Foundation). There are also charities that fund-raise in Utah, even though they have no local presence and no one in Utah benefits from their services!  The worst, is believing you are donating to a good cause, when really, the middle man gets the biggest cut (some ‘charity’ car donation programs only give about 5% or 10% of the proceeds to the charity).   Call the charity, ask where their office is located, and what percent of the funds go to local programs.  Be sure to ask what those programs are.  Never donate to a charity that you’ve never heard of without first calling the Utah State Division of Consumer Protection (under the Department of Commerce).  The Division of Consumer protection ( http://www.commerce.utah.gov/ ) has information on all legitimate charities in Utah and can tell you what percent of the funding is applied to programs vs. overhead.  The National Kidney Foundation of Utah gets at least a couple of calls a month from donors, who think they’ve donated to Kidney Kars, but in fact, accidentally donated to Kars4Kids.  You might surprised you to learn who Kars4Kids really benefits : http://www.kcchronicle.com/articles/2007/11/06/business/local/doc4730548f382c6122372766.txt  Make sure you know who you’re donating to.  Pick a real Utah charity for your car donation!

Man you guys are fast!

I just wanted to thank you for your quick processing of our car donation!  I am so happy to know the donation is going to a legitimate charity, right here in Utah.  Thanks for making the process so easy.   Have a wonderful holiday. Regards, Natalie S.